“Adopt waste segregation to reduce high cost of waste management” – MLGRD tells MMDAs

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) has called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to adopt waste segregation techniques in order to reduce the high cost of waste management.

The call which was contained in a press release commemorating the 2019 World Habitat Day and signed for the sector minister by Mr Kwasi Boateng Adjei, a Deputy Minister of MLGRD also tasked the assemblies to adopt new approaches to managing waste that ensure a safe and clean environment as well as to sensitize their communities on proper waste disposal techniques.

The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day commemoration dubbed “Urban October” is “Frontier Technologies as an Innovative Tool to Transform Waste”

Portion of the release read “In commemorating “Urban October”, I wish to urge Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives to give the management of waste their personal attention and devise innovative initiatives and use modern technology in their waste management drive. Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies should adopt new approaches to managing waste that ensure a safe and clean environment and sensitize their communities on proper waste disposal techniques and adopt waste segregation techniques in order to reduce the high cost of waste management.

Furthermore, during this Urban October, I wish to urge all MMDAs to set aside a day to reflect on spatial planning of their towns and cities and the effective enforcement of the building code and environmental regulations and improvement in solid waste collection and management. It stated.

Mr. Boateng Adjei stressed that, waste management requires a collective effort by all persons. “We as Ghanaians need to be conscious of reducing waste and set targets to reduce, re-use and recycle waste generated in our homes”. He added.

The Deputy Minister implored the heads of assemblies to learn best practices from each other, discuss innovative solutions and explore new technological solutions which have worked well elsewhere for implementation in order to improve waste management in their Assemblies. We must think globally and act locally.

“To strengthen research in the urban sector, the Ministry will launch the Coalition of Students in Urban Advocacy and Research (COSUAR) at the World Cities Day which is jointly organized by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Adentan Municipal Assembly and the COSUAR, under the theme “Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations”.  He announced.

 

Below is full version of the press release

COMMEMORATION OF 2019 WORLD HABITAT DAY

THEME: “FRONTIER TECHNOLOGIES AS AN INNOVATIVE TOOL TO TRANSFORM WASTE”.

World Habitat Day gives us the opportunity to re-focus our strategies and activities towards shaping and addressing emerging urban challenges in order to improve the living conditions of our urban dwellers.

The World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly through its Resolution 40/42. The Resolution designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day and was first celebrated in 1986 to reflect the real state of our towns and cities, and to emphasize the fundamental right of all people to basic services such as housing, and utilities.

Each year, World Habitat Day takes on a new theme to bring attention to an emerging urban challenge under the UN-Habitat’s mandate in order to promote sustainable urban development for all. The Ministry over the years jointly commemorates the Month of October with the Ministry of Works and Housing.

The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day commemoration is “FRONTIER TECHNOLOGIES AS AN INNOVATIVE TOOL TO TRANSFORM WASTE” and it is being observed in all the 198 UN Member States worldwide. This year’s theme is timely and appropriate as it calls for action for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to find appropriate strategies and innovative ways of improving sanitation and solid waste management in all our towns and cities.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda, have pillars aimed at addressing the critical issue of solid waste management. The SDG Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and 12 (Sustainable Production and Consumption) targets, among other things, environmentally sound management of all waste through prevention, reduction, recycling, reuse and the reduction of food waste.

The New Urban Agenda also emphasizes the need for “environmentally sound management strategies and reduction in the production of all waste”. Under the Paris Agreement, Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs) of many countries, include action on waste management to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Today, the multiplicity of our urban challenges has called for partnerships and joint efforts in addressing urban issues such as sanitation and waste management and environmental pollution. Plastics have become issue of great concern in terms of waste generation and management.

In pursuit of the above commitment, the Government of Ghana has taken the following concrete steps:

  • Establishment of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources
  • Under the Ghana Secondary Cities Support Project, there are programmes geared at improving waste management in secondary cities across the country. These interventions include sensitisation and training, identification, mapping and development of database on waste management services and collection and the provision of waste collection equipment at strategic locations. These have been carefully selected by beneficiary Assemblies as part of measures to improve the waste management situation in their Municipalities.

 

  • Similarly, under the Ghana Urban Management Pilot Project design being implemented in Kumasi, Tamale, Ho and Sekondi-Takoradi, Engineered Landfill Cells have been constructed at both Kumasi and Ho to manage the increasing generation of waste. Skip loaders have also been provided in the project areas to improve waste collection and transportation. Equipment such as bulldozers will also be provided at these landfill sites to facilitate the management of waste.

 

  • Launch of the National Plastic Action Partnership

H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched the National Plastic Action Partnership to address the issues of waste in our cities. Plastic generation make up 14% of the entire municipal waste accumulated in the country. This has led to increased risk of having toxic effect on organisms, both inland and in water bodies. The President therefore called for a joint action to provide greener alternatives and development of new business models to create jobs along the value chain. The National Plastic Action Plan will also create systems to change plastic waste into value added products. These initiatives feed directly into the President’s vision of making Accra, for that matter Ghana the cleanest city in Africa.

In commemorating “Urban October”, I wish to urge Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives to give the management of waste their personal attention and devise innovative initiatives and use modern technology in their waste management drive. Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies should adopt new approaches to managing waste that ensure a safe and clean environment and sensitize their communities on proper waste disposal techniques and adopt waste segregation techniques in order to reduce the high cost of waste management.

Furthermore, during this Urban October, I wish to urge all MMDAs to set aside a day to reflect on spatial planning of their towns and cities and the effective enforcement of the building code and environmental regulations and improvement in solid waste collection and management.

It is worth stressing that, waste management requires a collective effort by all persons. We as Ghanaians need to be conscious of reducing waste and set targets to reduce, re-use and recycle waste generated in our homes.

Finally, let me also urge our Assemblies to learn best practices from each other, discuss innovative solutions and explore new technological solutions which have worked well elsewhere for implementation in order to improve waste management in their Assemblies. We must think globally and act locally.

To strengthen research in the urban sector, the Ministry will launch the Coalition of Students in Urban Advocacy and Research (COSUAR) at the World Cities Day which is jointly organized by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Adentan Municipal Assembly and the COSUAR, under the theme “Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations”. 

All are cordially invited…

God Bless us all.

 

 

KWASI BOATENG ADJEI (MP)

FOR: MINISTER, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

 

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklinadonkoh@gmail.com

 

 

 

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